Deaf Jam’s Press Release: http://www.deafjam.org/presskit.html.
Filmmaker Judy Lieff chronicles a journey of self-realization for deaf teen Aneta Brodski, as she reveals her passions, frustrations, and sense of humor through her exploration of American Sign Language Poetry. Unique among her non-hearing high school friends, Aneta longs to fully participate in the hearing world. Her artistry evolves within her ASL poetry group, and eventually she decides to compete in a spoken word poetry slam. Poet mentors appearing in the film include Peter Cook,
Manny Hernandez, and Terrylene Sacchetti.
Most scenes have been shot by a two-camera crew including Claudia Raschke-Robinson, Melissa Donovan, and Martina Radwan. Scenes outside of school have been shot with a single camera by either the film crew or by the students themselves.
PBS’ Deaf Jam website: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/deaf-jam/getinvolved.html.
Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen living in New York City, discovers the power of American Sign Language poetry. As she prepares to be one of the first deaf poets to compete in a spoken-word slam, her journey leads to an unexpected collaboration.
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– Thanks to PBS Independent Lens and Deaf Jam.